Marian University (Wisconsin)

Marian University, formerly Marian College of Fond du Lac, is a Roman Catholic liberal arts university in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. It was founded in 1936 by the Congregation of Sisters of Saint Agnes, which continues to sponsor the University today.

Marian University has an enrollment of approximately 2000 undergraduate and graduate students. Seventy-one percent of students are women. Ninety-four percent of students receive financial aid. Approximately 32% of undergraduate students live on campus.[1]

Marian University
Marian University seal
Former names
Marian College
Mottosicut lilium inter spinas
Motto in English
As a lily among thorns
TypePrivate, Liberal Arts
AffiliationRoman Catholic
PresidentAndrew P. Manion, Ph.D.
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Location, ,
43°46′39″N 88°25′17″W / 43.7775161°N 88.4214181°WCoordinates: 43°46′39″N 88°25′17″W / 43.7775161°N 88.4214181°W
NicknameThe Sabres
SportsNCAA Div. III

Women: basketball, cross country, golf, hockey, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, volleyball, lacrosse.

Men: baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, hockey, soccer, tennis, track and field, volleyball, lacrosse.
MascotSammy the Sabre
Dorcas Chapel
Administration Building


Marian University opened as Marian College of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin on September 8, 1936, with 17 full-time and 25 part-time students, and eight faculty. The Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes founded the college in response to a Wisconsin Department of Instruction decision that nuns were not allowed to teach in public schools while wearing their religious habits.

Marian became accredited in elementary education in 1941. The first graduating class in August 1941 had eight nun graduates. The first lay students graduated in 1942. Marian had 86 full-time and 145 part-time students in 1950, who attended classes in a convent next to St. Agnes Hospital. Although founded as a women’s college, the superintendent of Fond du Lac schools attended art and music classes with his wife in 1940. Increasing enrollment caused the college to move to its current 100 acres (40 ha) campus on Fond du Lac's east side in the mid 1960s, and the college became co-educational in 1970.

The school became accredited by the North Central Association for a Master's of Arts program in 1987, and was approved for a Ph.D. program in Leadership Studies in 2002.

On May 1, 2008, Marian College of Fond du Lac changed its name to Marian University to reflect an expansion of its programs and classes and to position the institution for continued growth.[2]

Marian University consists of two Colleges: the College of the Professions and the College of Arts, Sciences and Letters.


Marian became affiliated with The Catholic University of America and the National Catholic Educational Association in 1949. It became accredited with the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools for teacher education in 1960.

Marian University is accredited by the North Central Association, International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education, National League for Nursing, Council on Social Work Education, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Marian’s curriculum has been approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Wisconsin State Board of Nursing, and certified by the Wisconsin Department of Justice Law Enforcement Standards Board Training and Standards Bureau.

Academic degrees

Marian University offers 11 bachelor's degrees, four master's degrees, and one doctoral degree.[3]

Catholic environment

Undergraduate students are required to take 6 credits (2 courses) in Theology and 3 credits (1 course) in Philosophy. Graduate level programs include courses that are grounded in Catholic teaching.

The Campus Ministry at Marian University provides many activities for students to deepen their understanding of the Catholic tradition: weekly Mass, retreats, sacraments, Scripture study, Rosary, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and outreach to the local area.


45 South is Marian University's literary magazine. The Sabre is its online newspaper.


Marian University's athletic teams' nickname is the Sabres. Its colors are blue and white.

Students participate in sports at the NCAA Division III level in women’s basketball, golf, hockey, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball, and men’s baseball, basketball, golf, hockey, soccer, men's volleyball, tennis and lacrosse. Teams have held membership in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference since 2006, after holding membership in the Lake Michigan Conference from 1974 to 2006. Marian University's men's hockey team participates in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association. Women's hockey is a member of the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association, and the men's volleyball team competes in the Midwest Collegiate Volleyball League.

Notable alumni

  • Dianne Bergant (1961) - author and scripture scholar[4]
  • Patrick G. Coy (1979) - author and scholar in the field of conflict resolution[5]
  • Amy Sue Vruwink (1997) - member of the Wisconsin State Assembly[6]


  1. ^ University Profile at Official Website
  2. ^ "Marian College Becomes a University - The Business Journal of Milwaukee:". Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  3. ^ Academic Bulletin 2014-15. Fond du Lac, Wisconsin: Marian University of Wisconsin. p. 18. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
  4. ^ "Sr. Dianne Bergant, CSA, Ph.D." Archived from the original on 2017-09-28. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-04-03. Retrieved 2016-03-30.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ 'Wisconsin Blue Book 2011-2012,' Biographical Sketch of Amy Sue Vruwink, pg 67

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William J. Guilfoile (November 5, 1931 – July 9, 2016) was an American professional baseball public relations executive, who served 18 years in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum from 1979 through 1996.Born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Guilfoile graduated from Fond du Lac High School. He then attended the University of Notre Dame, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and was president of his senior class. In addition, Guilfoile was elected to Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities and received Notre Dame's Dome Award, which is presented annually to four seniors selected as the outstanding members of their class.Following his graduation, Guilfoile served as a naval officer for over three years, and received honorable discharge from the Navy in 1958. He then returned to Fond du Lac, where he began his public relations activities for the AC Nielsen Company.In 1960, Guilfoile joined the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball, working as assistant public relations director for the club during 10 years. He later became director of public relations for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1970 and remained in that role through 1978, being blessed to collaborate on World Series Championship teams with both the Yankees in 1961 and 1962 and the Pirates in 1971.In 1978, Guilfoile was named vice-president of public relations and assistant to the president for the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, where he served the last 18 years of his baseball career.During his 37-year tenure in baseball, Guilfoile witnessed and was part of many memorable moments in Major League's history, such as the 1961 Roger Maris/Mickey Mantle home run chase, the 3,000th hit of Roberto Clemente in 1972, and the Hall of Fame’s 50th anniversary in 1989.After his retirement in 1996, Guilfoile received the Robert O. Fishel Award, the Major League Baseball's highest honor given to the single person who best exemplifies public relations excellence.In 1957, Guilfoile married Loretta White in Brooklyn, New York. They became the parents of four children, Ann, Pete, Tom and Kevin, and also enjoyed 10 grandchildren. His son Kevin Guilfoile is a writer who has authored several books, including A Drive Into the Gap, which delves into the mystery surrounding the bat that Clemente used for his 3,000th career hit, along with his father's vastly blessed history with baseball and his battle with Alzheimer's disease.After baseball, Guilfoile taught a course in public relations at Marian College in his hometown of Fond du Lac for five years. He retired in 2008 and moved with his wife to Notre Dame, Indiana, where he died in 2016 at the age of 84.

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